Ableton Live Quick Tip: Creating Inspiration With The MIDI Devices
Today’s Ableton tutorial is all about finding or creating inspiration on those days when writer’s block is kicking your ass. Anyone that writes music on a regular basis is going to run into this problem once in a while, but for working professionals, simply choosing not to write isn’t always an option.
If you have a looming deadline for writing a little theme song or doing a small piece of sound design, it’s easy to forget that (for better or for worse) modern digital music production tools can even start our songs for us.
Randomizer & Scale: Two peas in a pod
If you use Ableton Live, there are some handy tools to do just that, and today I want to cover some extremely basic yet effective uses for two of them: Randomizer and Scale.
I know some people are going to object passionately to the idea of using a tool to generate melodic ideas out of thin air. However, I have no desire to turn this into an exhaustive, academic discussion about whether the machines have indeed taken over ala “Terminator,” so please keep your comments on track with creative or technical suggestions.
In the following video, I show you how to turn a simple rhythm that never deviates from a single pitch into multiple melodic ideas as well as recording this randomness so that you can further revise the resulting MIDI phrases: